Rabbi Shaul Farber received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University and his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. He is the founder of...
Fri,May 24,2013 15 Sivan 5773
Another headline about excluding women: The annual conference of the Puah Institute, which addresses medical advances in gynecology, has refused to allow women to speak publically, and thus, a number of medical professionals have withdrawn their papers.
Now, it may seem absurd to have a conference on women’s health issues and not have women speak. But the conference organizers have chosen to cast their net to the right wing. If I understand them correctly, they are willing to pay the price of excluding women, in an effort to expose the ultra-orthodox community to some of their issues relating to women’s fertility.
Yes, they acknowledge, the conference would be more substantive with women’s voices being heard, but then the ultra-orthodox wouldn’t come, and we need to service them as well.
When presented like that, the argument almost sounds plausible.
Of course, it isn’t.
Would you pay this price?